income Definition

money received, especially on a regular basis, for work or through investments..

Using income: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "income" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    My income has increased since I got a promotion.

  • Example

    She earns a good income as a lawyer.

  • Example

    The company's income has doubled in the last year.

  • Example

    He lives off his investment income.

income Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for income

Antonyms for income

  • expenses
  • losses

Idioms Using income

  • bring home the bacon

    to earn a living; to succeed in supporting oneself and/or one's family financially


    I work two jobs to bring home the bacon for my family.

  • feather one's nest

    to accumulate wealth or resources for one's personal gain


    He's been feathering his nest by investing in real estate.

  • to have enough money to pay for basic expenses


    It's hard to make ends meet on a minimum wage job.

Phrases with income

  • disposable income

    income remaining after deduction of taxes and other mandatory charges, available to be spent or saved as one wishes.


    They have a high disposable income and can afford to travel frequently.

  • income that does not vary with changes in the volume of business activity.


    Retirees often rely on fixed income from pensions and investments.

  • income earned from rental property, limited partnership, or other enterprise in which a person is not actively involved.


    She generates passive income through her real estate investments.

Origins of income

from Old English 'in-come', meaning 'entrance, arrival'


Summary: income in Brief

The term 'income' [ˈɪnkʌm] refers to money received regularly from work or investments. It includes phrases like 'disposable income,' referring to money available after mandatory charges, and 'passive income,' referring to earnings from non-active involvement. Idioms like 'bring home the bacon' and 'feather one's nest' describe earning and accumulating wealth, while 'make ends meet' describes having enough money for basic expenses.

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